Hunger in the News: Child nutrition, Pope Francis, SDGs, and poverty rate

Hunger in the News: Immigration, mass incarceration, India, and sustainable development . Photo: Bread for the World

Anti-Hunger Advocates, State Rep. Davis Press For Congressional Action On Child Nutrition Programs,” by Ellyn Fortino, Progress Illinois. “The deadline is nearing for Congress to reauthorize federal child nutrition programs, and local anti-hunger advocates are urging lawmakers to take action.”

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic. “American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they’ve failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this system, it’s time to reclaim his original intent.”

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: It’s about rural people,” by Kanayo F. Nwanze, Thomas Reuters Foundation. “In a few days, world leaders will meet at United Nations headquarters in New York to adopt a new global plan of action for ending poverty and hunger, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

Pope’s U.S. Visit Spurs Catholic Support For Criminal Justice Reform,” by Carrie Johnson, NPR. “The Pope’s visit to the U.S. next week is generating excitement across Washington, and advocates who want to overhaul the criminal justice system are hoping the Pope will lend his popularity to their cause. They want to push lawmakers to reduce long prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and support early release.”

Why America’s poverty rate has persisted,” by Michelle Toh, The Christian Science Monitor. “The national poverty level remained unchanged last year, even as strong job growth brought optimism. The problem is that too many of those jobs pay too little, experts say.”

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